From the set of Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang
Here’s an on-set look at KBS’s Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang, which has taken up a small corner of the Monday-Tuesday prime-time lineup. While Queen Seon-deok rakes in the big numbers (although they did drop precipitously by over 10% after the exit of one big character who shall remain nameless for spoiler purposes), and while Angel’s Temptation is encountering smooth sailing as it goes uncontested in the previous hour, Pyeong-gang is quietly doing its thing. It is generally recognized for its cheery narrative even if it’s not commanding the big numbers.
I found the first two episodes to be light and humorous, even if it’s only hovering in the 5%-6% ratings range. The drama showcases Nam Sang-mi and Ji Hyun-woo in a bickering relationship, and since it’s based on the old folktale of the Princess Pyeong-gang and the Fool On-dal, those dynamics remain intact in this modern reworking. It takes a twist on the tale, and comic sageuk segments also bookend each episode. So perhaps you could even say it’s a twist on the twist. I thought it had some flaws but also a very cute charm.
Unfortunately, I don’t think this drama is going to make much of a stir, which is too bad since it’s populated by some pretty good actors of its mid-to-late-twentysomething generation. You have Ji Hyun-woo as the troublemaking rich son On-dal, who is wasting his potential with laziness; Nam Sang-mi as the modern reincarnation of Pyeong-gang, doing her bubbly, upbeat best to make him into a worthy man; elegant Cha Ye-ryun as rising model who challenges the upstart Pyeong-gang for On-dal’s affections; broody and ambitious Kim Heung-soo, determined to unseat the undeserving On-dal from his throne of privilege and claim the model’s heart; and Seo Do-young as a handsome, Swedish-raised adoptee who swoops in to challenge On-dal’s growing relationship with Pyeong-gang.
These golf course shots were filmed last week in Gangwon Province, where the drama is set. (The eastern province is a short distance away from Seoul, and the characters speak with a thick Saturi accent.)